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Helene R. Hechtkopf

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Overview

Helene R. Hechtkopf joined Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney in 2008. During her time at the firm, she has been involved in a wide range of litigation, including commercial, employment, and construction litigation, and appellate advocacy. She has extensive experience representing public entities, railroads, and construction owners in various types of litigation.

Helene is on the Executive Committee of the New York Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. She has presented and written on various topics relating to complex litigation, including taking and defending depositions under F.R.C.P. 30(b)(6) and how to exclude expert witness testimony.

Helene was previously a litigation associate at Heller Ehrman LLP in New York.  

Recognition

New York Metro Super Lawyers “Rising Star”- General Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar and Appellate Litigation, 2015 – 2018

Profiles in Diversity Journal's 2018 Women Worth Watching list

Leadership

New York State Bar Association, Committee on New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules

New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, subcommittee on New York’s Civil Practice Law and Rules

American Bar Association

Experience

Experience

First-chaired a trial in the Southern District of New York representing the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a lawsuit brought by an MTA police officer who claimed to have been injured on the job while making an arrest. Won a defense verdict at trial. 

Currently representing New York City Transit in a class action alleging that its elevators are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Representing a state agency in a multimillion-dollar software and construction litigation against a defense contractor in the Southern District of New York, culminating in a five-week bench trial. 

Defending a state-employed psychiatrist in a Section 1983 and tort claim brought by the family of a deceased prisoner. 

Obtained a rare defense win on summary judgment on behalf of a public railroad against Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower claims. 

Won a motion to dismiss on behalf of Metro-North Railroad in a claim brought by a passenger under the Americans with Disabilities Act claiming that Metro-North was in violation of the law for failing to provide a wheelchair to the passenger upon his arrival at Grand Central Terminal. Obtained a decision of first impression from the court, holding that railroads are not required by the ADA to provide wheelchairs to customers. 

Won summary judgment on an employment discrimination claim brought by an employee and successfully defended the subsequent appeal to the Second Circuit. 

Won summary judgment on a claim brought against a state agency by an employee under the Federal Employers Liability Act. 

Successfully concluded a bench trial in the Southern District of New York on a multimillion-dollar claim involving disputed ownership of property.

Successfully represented a state agency in several criminal mental health proceedings.

Submitted a brief on behalf of a foreign energy company to the New York State Court of Appeals.

Representing an international testing company in a class action litigation brought in the District of Puerto Rico involving an oil facility explosion.

News

Admissions

Admissions

  • Bar of the State of New York
  • Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Publications and Presentations

Publications and Presentations

  • “Recognizing that protections for the accused vary is critical in representing clients facing transnational criminal investigations,” the International Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Business Crime Newsletter, Volume 8 Number 1, May 2015, co-authored with John Curley.
  • “What Public Safety Officials Need to Know About Technology Contracts & Disputes” presented at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ (APCO) Atlantic Conference, October 2015.
  • Beyond Daubert: How to Exclude An Expert Witness,” published in Law360 on August 25, 2016.

Education

University of Virginia (B.A. 2004)

  • with High Distinction

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 2007)

  • cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Cardozo Law Review
  • Dean’s Distinguished Scholar
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